A Botswana Sojourn
This Botswana Safari will introduce you to the breathtaking and beautiful water wilderness of the Okavango Delta and Chobe River Regions. Enjoy two nights at Stanley's Camp, where you will be accommodated in classic styled Safari Tents, delicately appointed and exuding classic Africa. Enjoy some of the best game viewing in the Okavango Delta, including the rare and elusive Wild dog. Spend a morning walking with the elephants to observe and interact with them in their natural environment. Experience serene Mokoro canoe excursions, exclusive bush dinners and game drives in customised, open sided 4 x 4 vehicles, including the rare opportunty of night drives. You also have the exclusive option of walking Safaris with an armed professional guide.
You will then be flown to Chief's Camp, a luxury bush camp situated on Chief's Island in the exclusive Mombo Concession of the Moremi Game Reserve for two nights. Game viewing opportunites in this "predator Capital of Africa" where wild dog, lion and cheetah and leopard abound, allows you to interact with this amazing environment.
Accommodation has been designed for ultimate privacy and luxury. Expert guides are always on hand to offer a wealth of knowledge, to help you make the most of these rare and wonderful opportunities.
You will then be flown to Chobe Chilwero for two nights, where you will enjoy creature comforts in elegantly appointed accommodation, silver service, gourmet meals and fine wines. Enjoy thrilling game drives in open 4 x4 vehicles that bring you to the heart of Africa's largest concentration of elephants, hippos, buffalo, lions and other creatures that gather on the banks of the Chobe River. Enjoy wondrous water safaris on specially adapted motorboats.
Arrive at Maun Airport, the 'Gateway to the Okavango Delta', where you will be met by your pilot and escorted to the plane for your shared flight to Stanley's Camp. Approximate flying time 10 minutes.
On arrival at Stanley's Camp private airstrip, you will be met by your guide and transferred to the lodge in open 4x4 vehicles. The staff of Stanley's Camp will be waiting to welcome you with cheerful song and dance.
Stanley's is a small luxury camp consisting of 8 classic styled safari tents raised on wooden decking. The elegantly appointed tents exude classic Africa; hand crafted beds dressed with the finest linen, antique furniture individually selected and oriental carpets that give a delightful glimpse at colonial Africa. Antique paddle fans provide respite from summer heat.
After having had the time to freshen-up in the comfort of your rooms, your guide will take you on a discovery of Stanley's private concession. Game drives at Stanley's are conducted in open 4 X 4 vehicles that offer unencumbered views. The accompanying professional guides are amongst the best in Botswana.
Return to camp in early evening in time for a hearty dinner.
Each accommodation unit offers en-suite facilities and a private viewing deck. Electricity is supplied by a combination of silent packed generator and battery system, allowing 24-hour power supply.
Early morning wake up call with fresh tea / coffee and biscuits served in your room followed by a morning game drive.
Set in an amphitheatre of ebony and sausage trees on the southern tip of Chief's Island, Stanley's Camp sits amidst 260 000 acres of untamed and untrammelled African Bush. Bordering the southern section of the famous Moremi Game Reserve, this private concession is located by definition in seasonal Delta.
Game viewing in the area is extremely good with excellent numbers of predators and plains-game on offer. The area houses one of the largest buffalo populations in the Okavango Delta. In the dry season, the population can concentrate into a herd in excess of 2000 head.
Exciting activities at Stanley's Camp include the unique elephant interaction with a semi-habituated herd; walking safaris with an armed professional guide, mokoro (dug-out canoe) excursions (subject to water levels) and exciting night drives. Please note that the Elephant Activity is EXCLUDED from package prices. Return to camp after the morning game activity for a hearty brunch. Afternoon at your leisure enjoy the facilities on offer. Take the time to relax by the rimflow pool.
Mid-afternoon high tea will be served prior to your next game drive, which may extend into a night drive should you so wish.
Return to camp for dinner and overnight.
Early morning wake up call with fresh tea / coffee and biscuits served in your room. Depending upon your transfer times, you will experience a mokoro (dug-out canoe) excursion, exploring the rivulets and channels of the Delta (subject to water levels).
You will transfer to the airstrip once you have enjoyed breakfast for your light aircraft transfer to Chief's Camp. Approximate flying time 20 mins.
With some of the world's largest National Parks and vast unspoilt landscapes, Botswana is a wildlife paradise just waiting to be discovered. The Okavango, the world's largest inland delta, the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, and the National Park cover an area roughly the size of Portugal. The Chobe National Park boasts the world's highest concentration of elephant, and the Central Kalahari is home to the nomadic San People and the majestic black-maned lions. The Okavango Delta: Jewel of the Kalahari!
Upon arrival at the Chief's Camp private airstrip, you will be welcomed by one of the rangers and transferred in 4x4 vehicle to the lodge.
On arrival at the lodge the friendly local staff will greet you with refreshing towels and a delicious welcome drink. Camp management will introduce you to the lodge and surrounding areas. Your guide will then escort you to your luxury tented accommodation. The en-suite facilities and private viewing deck will make you feel at home. Depending on your arrival time, you will be treated to a hearty lunch and may have time to relax by the swimming pool. Your afternoon game activity will take you out on a mokoro (dug-out canoe) into the waterways of the Delta (subject to water levels) or alternatively a game drive in the custom-built open 4x4 vehicle (individual seating). This is an ideal activity should you be a keen bird watcher, wildlife photographer or first time visitor to the Okavango Delta. Returning to camp at dusk, you are invited to enjoy a "sundowner" in the bar prior / after freshening up for dinner.
Early morning freshly brewed tea and coffee enjoyed in your room will be followed by morning game activity. You will have a choice of either a mokoro excursion (subject to water levels) or a game excursion in the Mombo area, an area renowned for its abundance of wildlife. Whatever your choice, the game viewing opportunities are excellent. On a mokoro excursion, for example, you will enjoy an experience unparalleled anywhere in the world. Gliding through papyrus-fringed channels (formed by hippos), you experience what the Chief of the Batawana himself might have felt. Armed with binoculars or a camera, you will be rewarded with birds in a rainbow of colours and indigenous wildlife found exclusively in the Delta.
A sumptuous brunch will be served when you return to the camp around mid-morning. This is a dining experience not to be missed - a fusion of African and Western cuisine, superbly blended into a Pan-African style of cooking! The day is then at your leisure prior to your late afternoon game activity and dinner.
Early morning wake up call with fresh tea / coffee and biscuits served in your room. Depending upon your transfer times, you will experience a mokoro (dug-out canoe) excursion, exploring the rivulets and channels of the Delta (subject to water levels). You will transfer to the airstrip once you have enjoyed breakfast. Charter north to the Chobe National Park.
Arrive at Kasane Airport. A Chobe Chilwero representative will welcome you before the transfer to the lodge.
In the local language of Setswana, Chilwero means "place of high view", an apt name for a lodge whose accommodations look out over lush flood plains towards Namibia on the horizon.
The lodge offers 15 luxury air-conditioned units, each individually appointed with furniture and fittings from all corners of the continent. In addition, each unit has its own private "sala", both indoor and outdoor showers, along with large handcrafted sunken baths. Chilwero also offers a split-level swimming pool.
If business cannot be kept at bay, a small business centre offers telephone, email and fax services. In addition, a small library houses a television, VCR and slide projector, perfect for nature talks and guest lecturers.
Safari activities at Chobe are diverse, exciting and tailored to suit individual requirements. Game drives are conducted in open 4x4 vehicles, normally in the early morning & late afternoon, under the leadership of qualified Botswana guides. The Chobe floodplain is renowned for its concentrations of buffalo & elephant. The late evening in particular, provides spectacular viewing. All vehicles are equipped with two-way radio systems, thus facilitating optimum sightings of the major species.
For the true lover of unspoiled Africa, these safaris will capture the magnificence & very real essence of Botswana's natural landscapes & wildlife heritage. Game viewing & fishing from small boats is a special Chobe experience. Additionally, there is a sunset cruise, which provides spectacular wildlife viewing & vistas of an African sunset. Afternoon game viewing in the Chobe area, returning to the lodge for dinner.
The Chobe National Park covers a wide variety of country: riverine forest, flood plain, periodic marsh, mopane and miombo woodland and a few rocky outcrops. Such a diversity of habitats implies a wide variety of wildlife, which ranges from water animals such as hippopotamus, crocodile, otter and fish, to forest and dry-land species such as elephant, buffalo, giraffe, zebra and eland. In all areas, predators abound, including lion, leopard, cheetah and both species of hyena! Dependant upon time, you may be able to do a short morning game drive, then return to camp for a light breakfast before you are transferred back to Kasane Airport for your charter / road transfer to your onward destination.